THE MOST EXCELLENT WAY

Text: Psalm 119:161-176, Lev. 19:33-37, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 10:25-37

The collect for the week is a prayer we must all pay attention to as we explore the theme for the week. Let take a look at this collect: Lord God, You have taught us that anything we do without love is worth nothing, for whoever lives without love is counted dead before You; send Your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues; grant this for the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ.

We must note from this collect that:

1.      “…anything we do without love is nothing

2.      “Whosoever lives without love is counted dead before the Lord”

Therefore to live in fulfillment of this collect we must pray for the grace to live in love and to love at all times. Remember, God is love - John 3:16

The church in Corinth was plagued with social divisions, disunity and rivalries. The Epistle for today shows to us that God gives different people different abilities—not so that some people can exalt themselves over others, but so that everyone will work together for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7). The most excellent gift he says in chapter 13 is the way of love. This is what the Church needs today.

 POINTS TO NOTE

1.   Without love, we are nothing- “If I speak in the

      tongues of men or of angels, but do not have

      love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging

      cymbal.”

2.   If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

3.   Eloquent preaching, deep wisdom and strong faith are all good but must not be void of love and its attributes.

4.         “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 

5.         Selfish actions, no matter how good they appear on the outside, do not improve our standing in the eyes of God. Love should be at the centre of all we do.

 

6.         Therefore:

a.         Love is patient

b.         Love is kind.

c.         It does not envy. it does not boast, it

is not proud.

d.         Love “does not dishonor others.

            e.         Paul says. “It is not self-seeking

f.          It is not easily angered.

g.         It keeps no record of wrongs

h.         Love does not delight in evil but

rejoices in the truth.

i.          It always protects, always trusts,

always hopes, and always perseveres.

j.          Love never fails.

 

A parable is a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson by comparing it to something from everyday life as seen in today’s gospel. The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is a parable that has a profound lessons applicable to our lives today. Let us re-visit the parable of the Good Samaritan and learn the vital lessons of love.

 

*          The good Samaritan saw the man and he had COMPASSION. It never happened to him to consider what the nationality of the injured man.

 

*          But instead he took the time to attend to the wounds of the injured man and brought him to the in.

 

*          The Samaritan here exemplifies someone who takes care of his neighbor!

 

*          Jesus wants us to live in love and show love at all times and to all people.

 

*          Jesus wants us to do the same thing. Our neighbors are not only the people near us, the people within our community, the people within our country, or the people within our Church congregation.

Our love should break through boundaries. Our compassion should extend to more than space and time.

 

Conclusion:     If a Samaritan could be a neighbor to a Jew, and Jesus told us to "go and do the same," then all of God's people must be our neighbor and we must love them just as Christ loves us.